COUNSELOR

COUNSELOR

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isa.9:6

Isaiah used the word Counselor to describe the nature of this wonderful child, born of a virgin in Bethlehem. Actually, He is the embodiment of counsel itself, after all, He is the Word that became flesh. The Father in heaven is unlimited in wisdom, the bible cleary teaches the all knowing characteristic of our Lord. Then comes the amazing part, this infinite wisdom and counsel were revealed to mankind at the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the word that came to dwell amongst us. Jesus is the revelation of the wisdom of God, He is that wonderful Counselor that Isaiah spoke about. Adam Clarke spoke about the the unveiling of the wisdom of God in this man called the Wonderful Counselor.
“Logos, which signifies a word spoken, speech, eloquence, doctrine, reason, or
the faculty of reasoning, is very properly applied to him, who
is the true light which lighteth every man who cometh into the
world, John 1:9; who is the fountain of all wisdom; who giveth being, life, light, knowledge, and reason, to all men; who is the grand Source of revelation, who has declared God unto mankind; who spake by the prophets, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, Re 19:10; who has illustrated life and immortality by his Gospel, 2Ti 1:10; and who has fully made manifest the deep mysteries which lay hidden in the bosom of the invisible God from all eternity, John 1:18.”
Jesus is the Wisdom of God. Today, this wisdom and counsel is available. How do I get it? It is very simple. This wisdom is available to us in Christ. If you have Him, rather, if He has you, you have access to the hidden wisdom of the ages revealed in the person of Christ. Embrace His love, seek after the Lord, you will find Him to be the Wonderful Counselor in your life.

WONDERFUL

WONDERFUL

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isa.9:6

What a description of this infant king born in Bethlehem. The prophet said, “His name shall be called wonderful”. This word in the hebrew language is pele. This is a powerfully descriptive little word about the very nature of this special child. This word means wonderful, supernatural, incomprehensible, and immediately tells us about the supernatural nature of Christ and everything related to Him. Albert Barnes spoke about the wonderful qualities associated with Christ.
“Anything which is suited to excite wonder and amazement, from any cause, will correspond with the sense of the Hebrew word. It is a word which expresses with surprising accuracy everything in relation to the Redeemer. For the Messiah was wonderful in all things. It was wonderful love by which God gave him, and by which he came; the manner of his birth was wonderful; his humility, his self-denial, his sorrows were wonderful; his mighty works were wonderful; his dying agonies were wonderful; and his resurrection, his ascension, were all suited to excite admiration and wonder.”
There was nothing ordinary about His life, but His birth could only be described as wonderful; born of a virgin, born in an animal stable, His birth announced by angelic appearances, signs in the heavens seen from hundreds of miles away. He was worshipped by kings and shepherds but despised and feared by those in positions of power. Civilization itself is centered on the birth of the child with the wonderful Name.
The Name of Jesus Christ has always carried that supernatural, wonderful quality about it. It is by faith in that Name that we receive salvation, it is through the power in that Name that the chains of sin and addictions are broken from off of our lives. There are healing qualities in His Name, everywhere He goes, people are healed from their diseases. Fear and depression are subject to that Name, the devils themselves flee in terror at the mention of the Name of Jesus. This special season, begin to recognize and honor the wonderful and supernatural nature of your relationship wih Christ, as you do, you will recognize just how wonderful He is to you on a daily basis.

MIGHTY GOD

MIGHTY GOD

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isa. 9:6

This is one of the most loved prophecies about the birth of Christ. I have to remind myself that these prophetic words were written 700 years before the birth of Our Lord. They describe the various supernatural aspects of Jesus revealed in His Name. This is a poem the Lord gave me about this incredible verse of scripture.

His Name Shall Be Called

His name shall be called Wonderful
A miracle in every breath
The love of God
Revealed to man
Revealed by His life and death

His name shall be called Counselor
The counsel of God for me
The plans of God
Concealed through time
Revealed on a bloody tree

His name shall be called Mighty God
The greatest of all mysteries
The strength of God concealed in a child
This weakness revealed Deity

His name shall be called Father
The one that lived before time
The love of the Father
Displayed in His Son
The love that has now become mine

His name shall be called Peace
The prince of all life has come
The misery and strife
Which had stolen my life
Has bowed its knee to the Son

My prayer is that Christ Himself will become alive in you, to you, and through you this Christmas season. His love is glimpsed in His amazing supernatural birth. May this birth be realized in your life. As it is the real meaning of Christmas, God’s love for the world expressed in His Son, will be seen in you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Just as Augustine said “Our hearts are restless, until they find their rest in you”.  Mankind is in a constant state of restlessness. He is worried about the crime and violence, as the crime rates soar through the roof. He is worried about the economy as the stock market has fallen 40% in 2008 in the U. S. 

 

Man is worried about terrorism as threats of nuclear and biological threats become more likely everyday. He is worried about health as it seems to be harder and harder to take care of yourselves in this rapid pace we are all caught up in.

 

Restlessness, anxiousness, loneliness, unhealthy ambition, they all seem to steal away our peace and our enjoyment of life.

 

Hungry Heart

 

Restless heart you struggle so

Searching for repose

Looking for that place of rest

That rest man seldom knows

 

Lonely heart-your grieving so

When will the sadness end

You get back up- to face the world

To just fall back again

 

Anxious Heart- You worry so

Your trust seems far away

Who can you trust when things go wrong

Who will you trust today

 

Ambitious heart- it never ends

Will there ever be a time

When you can stop this torrid rush

And place your hand in mine

 

Hungry heart has found its food

To still this longing soul

To satisfy the heart of man

To make the sinner whole

 

In Bethlehem the house of bread

Not far from Calvary

I gave my life for you my son

That you could feast on me

 

As you take off some time for Christmas ask the Lord to give you a hungry heart.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, they will be satisfied.  Jesus said he was the true bread from heaven. If we would feast on Him we would never hunger, we would have a satisfied heart.

 

I will never forget my first Christmas as a Christian. Parris and I were newly married. We had nothing. We lived in a rented travel trailer, we had no money for gifts, but we had Jesus in our lives. Our restless days had ended; we had begun our feast, our great Christmas feast. I worked at the chicken ranch, we had a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree, we were 2,000 miles from home, but it was the greatest Christmas ever. 

 

And in this mountain

The LORD of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,

 Of well-refined wines on the lees.

Isaiah 25:6

 

This year come to the Christmas banquet—the banquet of the Lord.  You will be satisfied and your heart will be restless no more.